A couple of weeks have now passed since FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice closed down 3 of the world's largest poker sites in the U.S. and charged 11 persons with running illegal online gambling operations. Black Friday happened over a night and turned the poker world upside down to say the least. Ever since Black Friday lots of rumors regarding what will happen with U.S. players outstanding funds have circulated on the web.
It didn't take long before the world's 2 largest poker sites, PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, started paying back their customers money. However, UB.com / Absolute Poker hasn't said much and therefore also left their customers dead worried. According to what American newspapers write today, the parent company Blanca Gaming has no ability to pay back its customers outstanding funds and therefore they have filed for bankruptcy. They have also been forced to let go of 300 employees in Costa Rica where the company is based.
Where is it safe to play poker online?
This is a question many poker players have asked themselves in the past few weeks. Well, if we look in the past, Party Poker is one of the sites that really can be trusted. Party Poker used to be the biggest poker site in the world before they were forced to close down in the U.S. a few years ago. They paid back their U.S. customers then and they would for sure do it again if something similar happened in, for example, Europe. Even though Party Poker lost a big part of its customer base and were forced to pay some enormous fines, they are still going strong today with great PLO/NLH/FLH action around the clock and some of the biggest guarantee tournaments online. We, BankrollMob, have some great bonuses at Party Poker as well ($150 no deposit bonus & $50 gift offer), which makes it an even better place to play poker at.